Russell Martin insists there was no fall out with Daniel Farke
PUBLISHED: 08:23 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 29 May 2018
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Russell Martin is adamant there was no ‘fall-out’ with Daniel Farke but the Norwich City defender accepts he is not part of the Canaries’ head coach’s plans.
Martin still has 12 months left on his Carrow Road deal, but everything else is up for discussion over the summer following a loan stint at Rangers.
“I really don’t know at the moment,” he said. “I’ve got a year left at Norwich but I had to go on loan last season because I wasn’t in the manager’s plans. There was no real fall-out.
“He wants to go with youth and doesn’t want players over 30, so I was told. I think I’ll have to go somewhere else to play my football, so I’ll consider all options.
“I don’t think anything can prepare you for it (Rangers).
“It’s huge. You’ve got an idea but it’s only when you go up there that you realise how big it is.
“Just walking around the streets, it’s a giant of a football club with a great fan base.
“For me it was a bit wrong place, wrong time.
“The club was a bit all over the place and then a change of manager, who was an interim manager anyway (Graeme Murty).
“But I loved playing for a football club of that size and that support.”
The 32-year-old only made seven Norwich appearances last season, with his final outing coming in a painful 4-1 Championship away defeat at Millwall in August.
Martin joined Rangers on loan in January but was unable to halt Celtic’s dominance north of the border.
The former City captain has made no secret of his coaching ambitions when he ends his career, but for now is focused on developing his successful youth coaching scheme. A new 3G pitch at Hove Park, which is the hub of Martin’s thriving foundation back in his hometown Brighton, was officially opened on Monday.
“We will be using it for a lot of our sessions and hiring it out for the community.
“It gives us a base to expand,” Martin told the Brighton Argus. “It’s something I’m really proud of.
“I didn’t see it growing this quickly.
“We’ve put six or seven lads into professional clubs. Obviously Brighton now, being in the Premier League, it becomes more difficult for local lads, and Crawley haven’t got an academy.
“We have helped a few of the better players, although that wasn’t the main reason we set it up. It’s all about inclusivity.”